One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award | February 2016 Debut of the Month | We all live with our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable – but Teva does so literally: once a year Teva splits into two, the new version goes out into the world, the old on remains stuck at home with her younger selves. It’s a clever, disturbing idea that vividly demonstrates the process of growing up: fifteen year old Teva loves her boyfriend Ollie, sixteen year old Teva has definitely outgrown him. Of all of us, teenagers are surely the most enthralled by ideas of self and self-determination and this creepy, unusual novel will have them glued to the pages.
Evans’ win marks the first time a YA novel has won in the seven years the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award has been running.
Any book that features in the festival’s public programme is eligible for the award. Evans beat off competition from 45 other début novels and short story collections after winning a public vote.
“I am stunned to have won this award – when I saw the calibre of the other authors I thought I didn’t have a hope,” said Evans. “So often children’s fiction is seen as the poor cousin to adult books – yet in it, we tackle some of the hardest subjects in the most innovative of ways. I am so proud to hold the banner up for YA fiction.”
Janet Smyth, director of the children’s and educational programme at the festival, said: “The First Book Award is such an important element to our Festival programme and one of the most exciting ways for us - and our audience - to discover emerging writers. I read Kathryn's novel, More of Me, in manuscript form last autumn and I was immediately gripped by her characters and impressed by the subtle and skilful storytelling. She is a hugely deserving winner and a very exciting new voice in YA fiction and I can't wait to see what she writes next."
Teva seems normal. But at home she hides an impossible secret: 11 other Tevas. Because once a year, Teva splits into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, forced to watch the new Teva taking over her life. But at 16, Teva's had enough. She's going to fight for her future - even if that means fighting herself. Imagine all your friends growing up, moving on, and you being stuck in one year of your life...More of Me is an incredible, unforgettable story of identity, friendship, love and sacrifice.
More of Me is Kathryn Evans first novel, and was partly inspired by her childhood: “Sadly, my mother died when I was very small and for a lot of the time I wasn’t very happy. I have a strange perspective looking back on my child self. I view her with pity, but that unhappy child doesn’t feel like me. She feels like someone else. I think a lot of people do this, maybe on a smaller scale – do you ever get a feeling of gratitude to yourself for having done something the day before that you now don’t have to…or irritated with your yesterday-self for not doing something you now have to catch up with? Those feelings, combined with understanding anxiety issues a lot of young people have as they’re growing up, were the spark that Teva grew from.”
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.
"Trust me, you are going to LOVE THIS BOOK! It is like nothing I've ever read!" Serendipity Reviews
“Weird, wonderful and utterly fabulous” – Teri Terry
"An attention-grabbing début from Kathryn Evans, which kept me surprised right up to the end." - Mary Hoffman, author of the Stravaganza series
“A tense, thought provoking thriller about the (quite literal) pain of growing up. What is really wrong with Teva? I couldn't put this novel down!” Bryony Pearce, author of Phoenix Rising
“A super-smart, standout read that takes a pinch of sci-fi, a dash of romance and a hefty dose of tension and mixes them up in a contemporary test-tube.” – Tamsyn Murray, author of My So-Called Afterlife and Completely Cassidy
|Publication date:||1st February 2016|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children|
In addition to writing, running a fruit farm and raising two children, Kathryn loves to belly dance, fences competitively and is Finance Co-ordinator for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives on her farm near Chichester.More About Kathryn Evans
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